Originally Posted by Rundownhouse
I'd love to see you tell the guys around here with hemocytomers that its impossible to pitch the right amount of yeast. And while that may be unreasonable for most homebrewers, its most certainly possible to get closer to the correct amount than, "Just make some sort of starter and pitch that!"
Look. Geek out all you want. Spend your time counting yeast cells. Boring, stupid, waste of time and money. I have done enough of it (they had to pay me to do so). It is totally unnecessary and will not make better homebrew beer--> except in your mind. The homebrew shop will appreciate you buying the extra yeast and/or equipment. The "experts" will appreciate you buying their books telling you to do so.
There is no "correct amount." Just like there is no correct brewing method.
Telling someone newer to brewing that they have to use "Mr. Malty" or their beer will turn out bad is asinine.
Pitch an active starter, begun from a vile or smack pack, and you will make good beer.